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Mazda's Super-Efficient Auto Plant 7

Auto parts are transported by automatic guided carts as Mazda employees, seen in the background left, work on the assembly line of the Mazda6 (Atenza) model at its plant in Hofu, Yamaguchi prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Mazda Re-energized by Super-efficient Auto Plant

Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, shows a new

super-efficient plant  that's rolling off vehicles at a stunning rate of

one every 54 seconds. The plant is part of the reason why Mazda has

managed to defy skeptics who've predicted fates ranging from bankruptcy

to a buyout by Chinese interests.

Reporting by Associated Press.